|Publication number||US7489301 B2|
|Application number||US 10/825,500|
|Publication date||Feb 10, 2009|
|Filing date||Apr 15, 2004|
|Priority date||Apr 15, 2004|
|Also published as||US8253691, US20050235021, US20090128368|
|Publication number||10825500, 825500, US 7489301 B2, US 7489301B2, US-B2-7489301, US7489301 B2, US7489301B2|
|Inventors||Chao Chen, John Holmes|
|Original Assignee||Research In Motion Limited|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (28), Non-Patent Citations (4), Referenced by (17), Classifications (17), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This technology relates to a split keyboard for an electronic device. In particular, the technology concerns a split keyboard for a handheld mobile communication device, such as a mobile phone.
Different standard keyboard arrangements are known. The most widely used English-language alphabetic key arrangement is the QWERTY arrangement. Other types of standard English-language alphabetic key arrangements include the QWERTZ arrangement, the AZERTY arrangement, and the DVORAK arrangement. Each of these arrangements, when presented as a full-size keyboard, utilizes 26 keys for 26 different characters.
Numeric characters are often presented along with alphabetic characters on keyboards of communication devices, such as telephones. One standard setting body, the International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”), has established phone standards for the arrangement of alphanumeric keys. One such standard, shown in
Mobile communication devices that include a combined text-entry keyboard and a telephony keyboard are known. Examples of such mobile communication devices include mobile stations, cellular telephones, wireless personal digital assistants (PDAs), two-way paging devices, and others. Combining a traditional-style text-entry keyboard (e.g., a QWERTY-style keyboard) with a traditional-style telephony keyboard on the same mobile communication device typically involves undesirable ergonomic and/or intuitive user interface compromises. The size of the keyboard is often limited by the size of the device, making the keyboard more difficult to use.
One prior art device that incorporates a combined alphabetic/numeric keyboard is the RIM Blackberry 950 mobile communication device, shown in
In accordance with the teachings described herein, a keyboard comprises a plurality of keys associated with alphanumeric characters including the letters A-Z and at least the numbers 1-9. The keys are split into a left side section and a right side section. The left side section is oriented at least partially above the right side section to define an upper section corresponding to the left side section and a lower section corresponding to the right side section. Alternatively, the right side section is oriented at least partially above the left side section to define an upper section corresponding to the right side section and a lower section corresponding to the left side section.
All of the keys of the upper section may be positioned above all of the keys of the lower section. Part of the upper section may vertically overlap part of the lower section. Part of the upper section may transversely overlap part of the lower section.
The alphanumeric characters may represent a QWERTY-style key arrangement. The upper section may include keys associated with alphabetic characters “QWERTASDFGZXCV” and the lower section may include keys associated with alphabetic characters “YUIOPHJKLBNM”.
The upper section may comprise at least three rows and five columns of keys and the lower section may comprise at least three rows and five columns of keys. The five columns of the upper section may align longitudinally with the five columns of the lower section. Alternatively, the five columns of the upper section may be offset from the five columns of the lower section.
The left side section of the keys may comprise a first row associated with the characters “Q”, “W”, “E”, “R”, and “T”, a second row may be associated with characters “A”, “S”, “D”, “F”, and “G”, and a third row may be associated with characters “Z”, “X”, “C”, and “V”. The right side section of keys may comprise a first row associated with the characters “Y”, “U”, “I”, “O”, and “P”, a second row associated with characters “H”, “J”, “K”, and “L”, and a third row associated with characters “B”, “N”, and “M”.
The left side section of keys may be associated with numbers “1-9”, with the “1”, “2”, and “3” being associated with the first row, the “4”, “5”, and “6” being associated with the second row, and the “7”, “8”, and “9” being associated with the third row. A key associated with a space function and key associated with the number “0” may also be provided. In one embodiment, the space function and the number “0” are associated with the same key.
The right side section of keys may be associated with numbers “1-9”, with the “1”, “2”, and “3” being associated with the first row, the “4”, “5”, and “6” being associated with the second row, and the “7”, “8”, and “9” being associated with the third row. The keyboard may also include a key associated with the space function and a key associated with the number “0”. The number “0” may be associated with a key in one of the left side section or the right side section.
At least some of the plurality of keys may be further associated with symbols or functions. The keyboard may also include a thumb wheel coupled to the keyboard. In addition, a key associated with a “send” function, a key associated with an “end” function, and at least one key associated with a “shift” function may be provided. The keyboard may also include a key associated with the caps function. More than one caps function key can be provided, with a caps key being associated with the upper section and a caps key being associated with the lower section.
In another embodiment, a mobile communication device comprises a housing having a face and the keyboard, described above, associated with the face.
In yet another embodiment, a mobile communication device comprises a housing having a face and a keyboard associated with the face of the housing. The keyboard includes a plurality of keys associated with both alphabetic and numeric characters arranged in a standard alphabetic format selected from a group consisting of QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, and DVORAK. The keyboard is split into a left side section and a right side section, with one of the left or right side sections being disposed at least partially above the other section on the face of the housing.
In a further embodiment, a method for inputting alphanumeric characters into a mobile communication device comprises holding a mobile communication device having the keyboard, described above, with two hands such that the thumbs of the hands align with keys on the keyboard, utilizing a thumb of one hand to enter key strokes on the left side section of the keyboard, and utilizing a thumb of the other hand to enter keystrokes on the right side section of the keyboard. One of the thumbs is positioned above the other thumb on the face of the housing.
With reference now to the drawings, the example keyboard 14 is depicted in
The keys on the keyboard 14 are preferably used for both text entry and telephony entry. The numeric keys are preferably used in a telephony mode and the alphabetic keys are preferably used in a text entry mode. Symbols and functions may be used in either or both the telephony and text entry modes. In order to switch between text entry and telephony modes, a mode selection switch may be utilized, such as a toggle key. Sample toggle keys include the “alt” or “shift” key, where the user selects one of these keys to switch data input from text-entry to telephony mode, or vice versa.
Alternatively, software may be used to determine the mode of entry. If the user is utilizing the telephony application, the default data entry mode will be numbers. If the user is utilizing the text-entry application, such as when composing an email, the default data entry mode will be text. When in each of these modes, the user may switch modes manually by utilizing a toggle key. For example, to enter text in a telephony application, the user selects the “shift” key 20 and then presses the desired alphanumeric key corresponding to the desired letter. Software could also be used to predict whether the user is in telephony or text-entry mode, based upon the keystrokes that are entered by the user, the example keyboard 14 not being limited by the mode selection function.
The various split alphanumeric keyboard arrangements described herein are directed to the field of small, hand-held electronic mobile communication devices 10, such as mobile stations, cellular telephones, wireless personal digital assistants (PDAs), personal information managers (PIMs), two-way paging devices, and others. For simplicity, the drawings depict a cellular telephone in the form of a flip-type phone 22 in
In order to keep the form factor of the mobile communication device 10 small enough to be worn on the body of a user, the keyboard 14 must be small. The example keyboards 14 are designed for optimized usage with the thumbs. This is accomplished first by providing a keyboard 14 having keys that are oriented as they appear on a standard keyboard such that the keyboard layout is familiar to the user. The example keyboard 14 splits the standard keyboard into a left and right half, with either the left half 26 or the right half 28 being positioned above the other half on the face 30 of the communication device 10. This enables a user to utilize his or her thumbs to select keys, but with one thumb positioned above the other thumb during key selection, rather than side by side, as with known devices that utilize a standard full keyboard. The provision of a split keyboard allows for a full size keyboard that takes up less width on the face 30 of the communication device 10, allowing for placement of a full-sized keyboard on a cellular telephone, for example. As is readily apparent from the drawings, the example keyboard 14 allows for the use of a full-size alphanumeric keyboard on a standard size cellular phone.
The mobile communication devices 10, shown in
As shown in
The display 16 is positioned in the upper housing section 40 and the keyboard 14 is positioned in the lower housing section 42. A portrait LCD is depicted. As shown in
As shown in
In each of the embodiments shown in
One of the left side or the right side sections 26,28 is positioned above the other section as an upper section 66 and a lower section 68. In one embodiment, the left side section 26 is oriented at least partially above the right side section 28 to define an upper section 66 corresponding to the left side section 26 and the lower section 68 corresponding to the right side section 28. In another embodiment, the right side section 28 is oriented at least partially above the left side section 26 to define the upper section 66 corresponding to the right side section 28 and the lower section 68 corresponding to the left side section 26.
Either of the left or right side sections 26, 28 may be associated with each of the numbers “0-9”, or fewer than the numbers 0-9. For instance, some of the numbers could be associated with the upper section 66, some of the numbers could be associated with the lower section 68, and some of the numbers could be associated with other keys, that are not part of the upper and lower sections 66, 68. It is preferred that at least the numbers “1-9” 86 are associated with one of the upper or lower sections 66, 68 so that the numbers may be aligned in a traditional telephony grid, with the key associated with the number “0” 70 being positioned in the direct vicinity of the remainder of the numbers “1-9” for ease of use. For instance the numbers “1-9” 86 could be associated with keys in the upper section 66 and the number “0” 70 could be associated with keys in the lower section 68. Alternatively, the “0-9” could be associated with keys in only the upper section 66 or only the lower section 68. A variety of options for numeric placements are available, as will be readily evident to one of skill in the art.
Additional keys, above and beyond those present in the upper and lower sections 66, 68 may also be positioned on the face 30 of the housing 12. For instance, a space bar 72; caps lock/caps 74; power key 76; back light key 76; send key 78; end key 80; escape key 56; arrow keys 82; thumb wheel 58; or other keys may also be utilized, as desired. The thumb wheel 58 is an additional input means for control of functions that might otherwise be controlled by a keyboard that included function keys. The thumb 58 wheel is preferred to encourage data entry using thumbs and to minimize the number of keys on the keyboard 14. It can be used to control menus (not shown) on the display 16 and to input functions relevant to data input. The thumb wheel 58 is preferably positioned in close proximity to the keyboard 14 to enable the easy transition from thumb typing to thumb control of forms and functions via the thumb wheel 58.
In addition to the alphabetic keys discussed above, the left side section 26 also includes the numbers “1-9” 86 and a shift function 20, as well as various symbol keys, including a “#”, “(”, “*”, “/”, and “?”. The shift function 20 is used to select between the letters, number, symbols, or functions associated with each key. For example, the shift key 20 may be selected to select between text entry mode (the characters associated with the lower half of the keys) and telephony mode (the characters associated with the upper half of the keys). Other symbols or functions may alternatively be utilized. The right side section 28 includes various symbols and functions, such as “)”, “−”, “+”, left shift, right shift, “:”, “'”, ““”, “@”, backspace/delete, “!”, “,”, “.”, symbol, and return/enter. The return/enter function 98 is associated with the fifth column 88 and third row 64 of the upper section 66, in a location that may be more familiar to a user. Additional keys are also associated with the face 30 of the device 10, including a space key 72, a caps lock/caps key 74, a power/backlight key 76, and a key associated with the number “0”/caps key 70, 90. The shift key 20 shifts between upper/lower characters on each key while the caps key 74, 90, which is used in text entry mode, selects capital or lower case letters.
A thumb wheel 58 may be associated with the face 30 of the device 22, be associated with a side wall 54 of the device, or both. In addition, an escape key 56 is shown positioned on the side wall 54 of the device 22 below the thumb wheel 58. As is evident a caps function 74, 90 is associated with both the upper section 66 and the lower section 68, such that the caps function 74, 90 may be selected by the user with either thumb during keystroke entries. In addition, the space function 72 is positioned directly below the lower section 68 in a position that is intended to be more familiar to a user, such as with a traditional full keyboard where the space function is associated with a key that is in the bottom, center of the keyboard 14.
Additional keys are also positioned on the face 30 of the device housing 42 shown in
As shown in
The upper section includes keys associated with the following functions and symbols: “)”, “−”, “+”, left shift, right shift, “:”, “'”, ““”, “@”, shift, “,”, “.”, “?”, and “!”. The shift function 20 is associated with the third row 64 of the first column 92. The lower section 68 includes keys associated with the following functions and symbols: “#”, “(”, “*”, backspace/delete, and return/enter. The return/enter key 98 is associated with the third row 64 of the fifth column 88 of the lower section 68. The housing 12 also includes keys for talk 78, end 80, left arrow 82, right arrow 82, up arrow 82, down arrow 82, escape 56, power/backlight 76, and caps/caps lock 74. The caps/caps lock 74 and power/backlight 76 keys are positioned below the lower section 68 adjacent the space key 72. The talk 78, end 80, and arrow keys 82 are positioned above the upper section 66, and a thumb wheel 58 and escape key 56 are positioned directly to the right of the upper section 66.
The upper section includes keys associated with the following symbols and functions: “)”, “−”, “+”, left shift, right shift, “:”, “'”, ““”, “@”, backspace/delete, “!”, “,”, “.”, sym, and return/enter. The return/enter key 98 is positioned in the third row 64, fifth column 88. The lower section 68 includes keys associated with the following symbols and function: “#”, “(”, “*”, “/”, shift, and “?”. While a single caps/caps lock key 74 is shown as being associated with the lower section 68, an additional caps key 90 or caps/caps lock key 74 may also be associated with the upper section 66, such that upper and lower case numbers can be selected with either thumb of the user.
The upper section 66 is shown offset from the lower section 68, so that the columns of the upper section 66 are offset to the right by about one column width. Other offset spacing may alternatively be utilized, if desired, or the columns of the upper and lower section 66, 68 could be aligned longitudinally on the face of the device. The numbers “0-9” 86 are associated with keys in the lower section 68, with the “1”, “4”, and “7” being positioned in the first column 92, the “2”, “5”, and “8” being associated with the second column 102, the “3”, “6”, and “9” being associated with the third column 104, and the “0” associated with the fourth column 114. In addition, the “#” and “*” are also associated with the fourth column 114 of the lower section 68. The lower section 68 also includes keys associated with “(”, “/”, and “?”.
The upper section 66 includes keys associated with “)”, “−”, “+”, left shift, right shift, “:”, “'”, ““”, “@”, backspace/delete, “!”, “,”, “.”, sym, and return/enter. The return/enter key 98 is associated with the fifth column 88, third row 64. Other keys are also associated with the face 30 of the housing 12, including a shift key 20, a caps key 90, a caps/caps lock key 74, a space key 72, a power/backlight key 76, and a thumb wheel 58. The shift key 20 is positioned above the lower section 68 adjacent the upper section 66. The caps key 90 is positioned directly above the upper section 66 adjacent the thumb wheel 58. The thumb wheel 58 is positioned below the display 16 above the upper section 66. The caps/caps lock key 74 and space bar 72 are positioned below the lower section 68, and the power/backlight key 76 is positioned below the upper section 66 adjacent the lower section 68. As is preferred, a caps key 90 is associated with both the lower and upper sections 66, 68 such that the user can select capital or lower case letters with each thumb during use.
Other key arrangements may also be utilized with the example keyboard 14, as long as the keyboard 14 is split into an upper section 66 and a lower section 68, where at least part of the upper section 66 is positioned above the lower section 68 and at least part of the lower section 68 is positioned beneath the upper section 66.
It is preferred that the keys be positioned at an orientation and in a particular shape that attempts to maximize the surface area of the thumb hitting the key and to provide the user with a comfortable position of the hands for data input. Also, the orientation should preferably encourage input by the thumbs, which the inventors of the present invention have discovered to be faster and more accurate in small hand-held electronic devices than touch-typing or “hunting and pecking” typing. An example of preferred key shapes and orientations is described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,278,442, file Jun. 29, 1998 and issued Aug. 21, 2001, and U.S. Design Patent No. D416,256, filed Jun. 26, 1998 and issued Nov. 9, 1999, the disclosures of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety. In addition to hardware features that encourage optimal data entry through the use of thumbs, software features that are designed to minimize keystrokes and aid data entry may also be provided. An example of a mobile communication device having a keyboard assembly with hardware and software associated with key entry is described in U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 09/967,537; 09/976,536; 10/302,242; and U.S. Pat. No. 6,278,442, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
The mobile communication device 10 may also include software, such as a predictive text computer program, that is used in conjunction with the keyboard 14. An example predictive text computer program is described in the following co-owned patent applications, which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety: “Customizable Predictive Text Method For Reduced Keyboards,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/397,680, filed Jul. 23, 2002; “Systems and Methods of Building and Using Custom Word Lists,” International Patent Application No. PCT/CA03/01103, filed Jul. 23, 2003, and “Portable Electronic Device With Keyboard”, International Patent Application No. PCT/CA02/00862, filed Jun. 10, 2002. In a multi-tap methodology, the user taps a key multiple times until a desired letter, number, symbol, or function is selected. In the present case, a multi-tap method could be utilized to select among the multiple characters or functions associated with each key, rather than the shift function 20.
Another technology involves predictive text methodologies. These methodologies utilize database software to predict the entered text. One method involves automatically correcting common spelling mistakes (e.g., “teh” corrected to “the”). Predictive text methodologies use known spellings of words in combination with their probabilities and frequencies of use to determine a preferred word based upon input commands by a user. Disambiguation engines and predictive editor applications may be used to establish a single grammatical or semantic interpretation of the keystrokes entered by a user. With predictive editor applications, the display of the device depicts possible character sequences corresponding to the keystrokes that were entered. Typically, the most commonly used word is displayed first. The user may select other, less common words manually, or otherwise. Other types of predictive text computer programs may be utilized with the keyboard 14 described herein, without limitation.
The handheld mobile communication devices 10, presented in
The housing 12 may be elongated vertically, or may take on other sizes and shapes. The keyboard may include a mode selection key, or other hardware or software for switching between text entry and telephony entry.
In addition to the processing device 18, other parts of the mobile communication device 10 are shown schematically in
Operating system software executed by the processing device 18 is preferably stored in a persistent store, such as a flash memory 116, but may be stored in other types of memory devices, such as a read only memory (ROM) or similar storage element. In addition, system software, specific device applications, or parts thereof, may be temporarily loaded into a volatile store, such as a random access memory (RAM) 118. Communication signals received by the mobile communication device may also be stored to the RAM 118.
The processing device 18, in addition to its operating system functions, enables execution of software applications 130A-130N on the device 10. A predetermined set of applications that control basic device operations, such as data and voice communications 130A and 130B, may be installed on the device 10 during manufacture. In addition, a personal information manager (PIM) application may be installed during manufacture. The PIM is preferably capable of organizing and managing data items, such as e-mail, calendar events, voice mails, appointments, and task items. The PIM application is also preferably capable of sending and receiving data items via a wireless network 140. Preferably, the PIM data items are seamlessly integrated, synchronized and updated via the wireless network 140 with the device user's corresponding data items stored or associated with a host computer system. An example system and method for accomplishing these steps is disclosed in “System And Method For Pushing Information From A Host System To A Mobile Device Having A Shared Electronic Address,” U.S. Pat. No. 6,219,694, which is owned by the assignee of the present application, and which is incorporated herein by reference.
Communication functions, including data and voice communications, are performed through the communication subsystem 100, and possibly through the short-range communications subsystem. The communication subsystem 100 includes a receiver 150, a transmitter 152, and one or more antennas 154, 156. In addition, the communication subsystem 100 also includes a processing module, such as a digital signal processor (DSP) 158, and local oscillators (LOs) 160. The specific design and implementation of the communication subsystem 100 is dependent upon the communication network in which the mobile communication device 10 is intended to operate. For example, a mobile communication device 10 may include a communication subsystem 100 designed to operate with the Mobitex™, Data TAC™ or General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) mobile data communication networks and also designed to operate with any of a variety of voice communication networks, such as AMPS, TDMA, CDMA, PCS, GSM, etc. Other types of data and voice networks, both separate and integrated, may also be utilized with the mobile communication device 10.
Network access requirements vary depending upon the type of communication system. For example, in the Mobitex and DataTAC networks, mobile devices are registered on the network using a unique personal identification number or PIN associated with each device. In GPRS networks, however, network access is associated with a subscriber or user of a device. A GPRS device therefore requires a subscriber identity module, commonly referred to as a SIM card, in order to operate on a GPRS network.
When required network registration or activation procedures have been completed, the mobile communication device 10 may send and receive communication signals over the communication network 140. Signals received from the communication network 140 by the antenna 154 are routed to the receiver 150, which provides for signal amplification, frequency down conversion, filtering, channel selection, etc., and may also provide analog to digital conversion. Analog-to-digital conversion of the received signal allows the DSP 158 to perform more complex communication functions, such as demodulation and decoding. In a similar manner, signals to be transmitted to the network 140 are processed (e.g. modulated and encoded) by the DSP 158 and are then provided to the transmitter 152 for digital to analog conversion, frequency up conversion, filtering, amplification and transmission to the communication network 140 (or networks) via the antenna 156.
In addition to processing communication signals, the DSP 158 provides for control of the receiver 150 and the transmitter 152. For example, gains applied to communication signals in the receiver 150 and transmitter 152 may be adaptively controlled through automatic gain control algorithms implemented in the DSP 158.
In a data communication mode, a received signal, such as a text message or web page download, is processed by the communication subsystem 100 and is input to the processing device 18. The received signal is then further processed by the processing device 18 for an output to the display 16, or alternatively to some other auxiliary I/O device 106. A device user may also compose data items, such as e-mail messages, using the keyboard 14 and/or some other auxiliary I/O device 106, such as a touchpad, a rocker switch, a thumb-wheel, or some other type of input device. The composed data items may then be transmitted over the communication network 140 via the communication subsystem 100.
In a voice communication mode, overall operation of the device is substantially similar to the data communication mode, except that received signals are output to a speaker 110, and signals for transmission are generated by a microphone 112. Alternative voice or audio I/O subsystems, such as a voice message recording subsystem, may also be implemented on the device 10. In addition, the display 16 may also be utilized in voice communication mode, for example to display the identity of a calling party, the duration of a voice call, or other voice call related information.
The short-range communications subsystem enables communication between the mobile communication device 10 and other proximate systems or devices, which need not necessarily be similar devices. For example, the short-range communications subsystem may include an infrared device and associated circuits and components, or a Bluetooth™ communication module to provide for communication with similarly-enabled systems and devices.
While all of the examples depict a QWERTY arrangement of alphabetic characters, the examples are equally applicable to other standard arrangements, including, without limitation, QWERTZ, AZERTY, and DVORAK.
The keys may be toggle keys or non-toggle keys, if desired. Additional or fewer rows and columns, above and beyond the number shown herein, may also be provided to position functional and other keys, if desired. Furthermore, the keys may be aligned in columns, or may be staggered, in some embodiments. Rows and/or columns may be straight, curved, or otherwise. For example, in a preferred embodiment, rows may be arcuate, similar to that shown in the prior art keyboards of
The word “substantially” if present is used herein as an estimation term.
While various features of the claimed invention are presented above, it should be understood that the features may be used singly or in any combination thereof. Therefore, the claimed invention is not to be limited to only the specific embodiments depicted herein.
Further, it should be understood that variations and modifications may occur to those skilled in the art to which the claimed invention pertains. The embodiments described herein are exemplary of the claimed invention. The disclosure may enable those skilled in the art to make and use embodiments having alternative elements that likewise correspond to the elements of the invention recited in the claims. The intended scope of the invention may thus include other embodiments that do not differ or that insubstantially differ from the literal language of the claims. The scope of the present invention is accordingly defined as set forth in the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||345/168, 400/485, 400/486, 341/22|
|International Classification||G09G5/00, G06F3/00, G06F1/16|
|Cooperative Classification||G06F1/165, G06F1/1616, G06F1/1626, G06F1/1686, G06F1/1664|
|European Classification||G06F1/16P9K2, G06F1/16P9P2, G06F1/16P9D5S, G06F1/16P1F, G06F1/16P3|
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